Use of a novel initiator for synthesis of amino-end functionalized polystyrene (NH 2-PS) by atom transfer radical polymerization

Ali Pourjavadi, Farzad Seidi, Payam Eftekhar Jahromi, Hamid Salimi, Saeed Roshan, Ali Najafi, Nico Bruns

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Here we report a versatile new method for endfunctionalizing polystyrene. In order to produce polystyrene with an amino end group, 2-(3-bromo-3- phenylpropyl) isoindoline-1,3-dione was synthesized and used as a novel initiator for ATRP. After ATRP polymerization, tri-n-butyltin hydride ((n-Bu) 3SnH) reductively replace existing halogens on polymer chains by hydrogen. Finally, the phthaloyl groups on polymer backbone were cleaved by treatment with hydrazine yielding amino terminated polystyrene. A polymer with M n≈10,350 and M w/M n01.17 was obtained. Therefore, this method allows the preparation of amino end functionalized polystyrene of narrow polydispersity with complete degree of functionalization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9752
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • amino-end polystyrene
  • atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)
  • end-functionalization

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